Headline RoundupJune 8th, 2023

CBN Founder Pat Robertson Dies at 93

AllSides Summary

Pat Robertson, the founder of CBN (Right bias) and an influential Christian broadcaster, has died at the age of 93. He is best known for offering prayer and political commentary on The 700 Club.

Key Details: Robertson was the founder of Regent University, and a Republican candidate for President in 1988. He died early Thursday morning surrounded by family and friends at his home in Virginia.

Key Quote: An excerpt from Robertson's autobiography, Shout It From the Housetops, reads, "Deep in my heart, I heard (God) speaking to me about the television ministry: 'Go and possess the station. It is yours.'" 

For Context: Robertson helped Christian conservatives become a powerful constituency that powered the Republican party to capture the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994 for the first time in over 40 years.

How the Media Covered it: Sources across the political spectrum covered Robertson's passing prominently, with all sides noting his influence on the evangelical movement and on Christian conservatives in the Republican party. Some coverage reflected divides over religion and politics. One HuffPost (left bias) headline called Robertson "the broadcast bigot."

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